Smith, Daniel Alexander
Exploratory and faceted browsing, over heterogeneous and cross-domain data sources.
University of Southampton, Electronics and Computer Science,
Exploration of heterogeneous data sources increases the value of information by allowing users to answer questions through exploration across multiple sources; users can use information that has been posted across the Web to answer questions and learn about new domains. We have conducted research that lowers the interrogation time of faceted data, by combining related information from different sources. The work contributes methodologies in combining heterogenous sources, and how to deliver that data to a user interface scalably, with enough performance to support rapid interrogation of the knowledge by the user. The work also contributes how to combine linked data sources so that users can create faceted browsers that target the information facets of their needs. The work is grounded and proven in a number of experiments and test cases that study
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